Senior Field Security Assistant in Kisoro, Uganda

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Target Start Date: 2024-01-09

Job Posting End Date: January 24, 2024

Standard Job Description:

Senior Field Security Assistant Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Senior Field Security Assistant provides support to all security related aspects of field operations including Staff, premises and asset security.. The incumbent is normally supervised by an officer who provides regular guidance. They may be assigned some independent routine tasks while more often follows instructions of the supervisor. The incumbent maintains regular contact on a working level on routine issues with other UNHCR personnel, UN agencies, NGOs, implementing partners and with Host Government Security authorities (HGOs) in the area to facilitate the operation. The duty of the incumbent is to support the management of security issues. All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity. Duties – Provide assistance to the supervisor in evaluating the level of risk and assessing the existing security measures for the UNHCR personnel operations, premises, partners and persons of concern. – Be aware of security protocols and procedures in place in accordance with the UNSMS policies, UNHCR Policies and the Security Risk Management process in the designated area check for compliance and advise management on any deficiencies. – Assist in security assessment missions to the field in coordination with UNDSS/other agencies; help the supervisor during field missions to gather information and analyse the security situation. – Support the Implementation of security-related projects. – Assist in the monitoring, updating and reporting of security-related events. – Assist in the processing of administrative security issues. – Maintain liaison with UN security management system actors, local law enforcement agencies, civil authorities and other relevant agencies. – Provide security briefings to UNHCR staff, and as appropriate partner staff, on relevant security risk management for the country concerned to include , inter alia, the warden system, communication notification and reporting procedures, travel planning procedures road and fire safety. – Respond to staff queries on security issues and provide immediate assistance as required. – Provide security-related advice to the manager and other staff. – Advise on security gaps and needs. – Maintain liaison and build relationships with Host Government Security Forces and security counterparts.

– Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s). – Perform other related duties as required. 

Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level G5 – 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher Field(s) of Education Not applicable (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Security and Safety issues (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) 

Relevant Job Experience


Not specified Desirable

Experience in security or police field.

Functional Skills

FS-Police, military, NGO Corporate security expertise IT-Computer Literacy CO-Cross-cultural communication (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) 

Language Requirements

 For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English. For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language. For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power. As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile: u2022tGood command of English with strong written and verbal communication skills. u2022tProficiency in drafting detailed security reports. u2022tProficiency in basic computer applications (Microsoft: Excel, PowerPoint, word, etc.) and security-related software. u2022tKnowledge in security technology, such as CCTV systems, alarm systems, and other surveillance equipment is a plus. u2022tExperience in managing security-related tasks and dealing with security personnel, particularly in crowd control scenarios is a plus. u2022tProficiency in providing training to security staff on protocols, emergency procedures, and best practices in the field is a plus.

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Operational context: Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:: Nature of the position:

Kisoro is located in the southern part of Uganda bordering Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). UNHCR Kisoro Field units handles mainly new arrivals of refugees from DRC and sometimes from Rwanda and Burundi. UNHCR and government of Uganda has established a transit centre at Nyakabande sub county which is about 10Km from Kisoro town where new arrivals are hosted for few days before being relocated to the settlement. UNHCR Kisoro Field unit oversees Matanda transit center which is located in Kanungu district and is about 150Km from Kisoro. At the transit centers UNHCR and partners provide basic services like medical services, water, food, Core Relief Items and protection services before new arrivals are relocated to the settlement including biometric registration.

The incumbent of the position will report directly to the Team Leader with technical support from UNHCR Field Safety Associate based at UNHCR Sub-Office Mbarara. The incumbent will ensure that UNHCR staff and personnel adhere to and understand UN security measures and procedures.

Living and Working Conditions:: Kisoro generally have good accommodation houses for rent and good hotels. Food is available and can easily be acquired from the markets and supermarkets within the town. Kisoro is generally very cold and sometimes the temperatures go as low as 14 degrees Celsius. There are hospitals although not of high standard. The host communities are hospitable to the refugees UN and partners. The main threats in the district of Kisoro are, but not limited to road traffic accidents, disease prevalence malaria and HIV, lightning strikes during rainy seasons, petty thefts and domestic violence. The UN Security management systems have put in place mitigation measures to ensure staff safety and security with collective staff responsibilities.

Additional Qualifications: Skills

CO-Cross-cultural communication, FS-Police, military, NGO Corporate security expertise, IT-Computer Literacy



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OtherWork Experience

Competencies: Accountability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration, Technological awareness

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Compendium: Additional Information: Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process. Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member is subject to proof of vaccination against COVID-19

Functional clearance:

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

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